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The street lights really ARE tracking you

Posted on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 in News, security, sensors, surveillance by the machinegeek


Reuters has reported that overhead street lights are being retrofitted with multi-sensor capabilities. One such platform being used is known as Netsense by Sensity. The Sensity site describes the platform thusly:

NetSense integrates LED lighting, sensors, high-speed networking, cloud computing, and big data analytics into a single, MultiService Platform (MSP). With NetSense you get distributed intelligence: In our advanced distributed computing architecture, each LED light fixture is equipped with sensors and a fully functioning processor able to run software instructions. When networked together in a NetSense network, these fixtures collectively gather and process data about the surrounding environment, enabling analytics that transform the raw data into actionable information.

Reuters reports that this system will form a multi-dimensional net gathering data from sensors for moisture, ambient light, seismic activity, radiation, wind, temperature, air quality, audio, MAC address tracking to detect cellphones, and yes, audio and high-def video.

(Next we expect to learn that they’re really reading our minds with laser beams…)

Via the ACLU.

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3 Responses to “The street lights really ARE tracking you”

  1. me says:

    Please tell me this is a bad joke! Can’t believe it…

  2. nobel winer says:

    Yes we scan

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